Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences


Program Description

Embark in high quality and innovative research in the broad field of mathematical sciences, that demonstrates the beauty of numbers and algorithms, and their usefulness in decision-making and problem-solving.

This research program aims to develop your research skills in one of the many exciting areas of mathematics, ranging from pure mathematics, applied mathematics to applied statistics. Working closely with your supervisors, you will be exposed to the different aspects of research activities, including developing a comprehensive literature review, identifying areas of contribution, and communicating research outputs via journal publications and conference presentations.

The Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences will equip you with strong mathematical, analytical, and statistical data analysis skills, to become experts and well-qualified researchers.


January, March, June, and September


  • 3 Years Full-Time
  • 4 Years Part-Time

Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates may enter careers in academia, consulting, or research, as well as undertake specialist roles in areas related to mathematics and statistics in various organizations, such as universities, research institutes, and industrial R&D laboratories.

Program Structure

The program consists of core modules and followed by a research thesis.

Core Modules

Candidates are required to complete three modules, namely Research Methodology, Academic Writing, and Research Proposal, in addition to the Thesis component. By undergoing these modules, candidates will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the completion of the thesis.


The Ph.D. is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality, and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.

Areas of Research

The School has a dedicated team of academicians and in-house actuaries who will mentor and discuss possible research topics with you in the following areas of research interests, but not limited to:

  • Applications of statistics in finance and insurance
  • Applied probability
  • Applied stochastic processes
  • Big data analysis
  • Combinatorics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Credit risk modeling
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Graph theory
  • Linear and multilinear algebra
  • Longevity studies
  • Mathematics education
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Medical statistics
  • Neural networks
  • Numerical methods
  • Simulation
  • Statistical modeling
  • Statistical quality control
  • Time series modeling

Entry Requirement

Master’s Degree: A Master Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, Operations Research, Quantitative Sciences, or other related fields.

Other Qualifications: Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.0

TOEFL: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based)

Application Procedure

As part of your application, please nominate TWO (2) referees who can provide reference letters about your suitability to undertake the program (preferably, one academic and one professional). The letters must be printed on the letterhead of the respective referees’ organizations. Each referee is requested to seal and send the hardcopy of the letter to the correspondence address as stated below. Alternatively, the referee may request the prospective student to send the sealed letter.

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Postgraduate Application Form*
  • Research Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarship Application Form (if any)
  • English Language qualification (IELTS / TOEFL / Others) for International Students
  • Academic qualifications/results (certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree / Others)
  • One (1) Passport-sized photographs
  • A copy of national identity card (Malaysians only) or passport (all pages for international students)

All documents are to be sent to the correspondence address or email stated below. Incomplete documents will not be processed.

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Mathematical Sciences
Sunway University
5 Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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